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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221944/living-uterus-donation-and-transplantation-experience-of-interest-and-screening-in-a-single-center-in-the-united-states
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Liza Johannesson, Kristin Wallis, E Colin Koon, Gregory J Mckenna, Tiffany Anthony, Sara G Leffingwell, Goran B Klintmalm, Robert T Gunby, Giuliano Testa
BACKGROUND: Little is known about attitudes toward uterus donation and transplantation in society and the interest of the women the treatment is aimed to assist. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the interest of recipients and living donors in our uterus transplantation program; it describes the screening protocol we developed and the results of the screening and reports demographic data and characteristics of screened candidates. STUDY DESIGN: Initial screening and evaluation included physical examinations by a gynecologist and a transplant surgeon; psychological evaluation; imaging (x-ray, computed tomography, ultrasound); blood tests; immunological testing; viral, bacterial, and fungal testing; drug screen; hormonal testing; Pap smear; urinalysis; and electrocardiogram...
December 5, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220797/primaquine-hybrids-as-promising-antimycobacterial-and-antimalarial-agents
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Kristina Pavić, Ivana Perković, Šárka Pospíšilová, Marta Machado, Diana Fontinha, Miguel Prudêncio, Josef Jampilek, Aidan Coffey, Lorraine Endersen, Hrvoje Rimac, Branka Zorc
Four series of primaquine (PQ) derivatives were screened for antitubercular and antiplasmodial activity: amides 1a-k, ureas 2a-s, semicarbazides 3a-c and bis-ureas 4a-u. Antimycobacterial activity of PQ derivatives against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), M. avium complex (MAC) and M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) were evaluated in vitro and compared with PQ and the standard antitubercular drugs. In general, the PQ derivatives showed higher potency than the parent compound. Most of the compounds of series 1 and 2 showed high activity against MAP, comparable or even higher than the relevant drug ciprofloxacin, and weak or no activity against MTB and MAC...
December 2, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220642/substance-use-patterns-associated-with-recent-exposure-to-fentanyl-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-vancouver-canada-a-cross-sectional-urine-toxicology-screening-study
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Kanna Hayashi, M-J Milloy, Mark Lysyshyn, Kora DeBeck, Ekaterina Nosova, Evan Wood, Thomas Kerr
INTRODUCTION: Vancouver, Canada is experiencing an opioid overdose crisis where fentanyl, a potent, synthetic opioid contaminating the illicit drug supply, has been detected in the majority of fatal overdose cases. Despite its growing presence throughout North America, few studies have characterized exposure to fentanyl among people who use illicit drugs (PWUD). We sought to identify the prevalence and correlates of fentanyl exposure among PWUD in Vancouver. METHODS: Data were derived from cohort studies of PWUD in Vancouver...
December 5, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220551/consensus-on-the-management-of-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-in-a-dermatology-setting
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P Gisondi, G Altomare, F Ayala, A Conti, P Dapavo, C De Simone, C Foti, L Idolazzi, E Lubrano, G Malara, A Marchesoni, I Olivieri, A Parodi, K Peris, S Piaserico, C Salvarani, R Scarpa, G Girolomoni
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with psoriasis (PsO). Early diagnosis and prompt therapeutic intervention are crucial for limiting PsA progression and prevention of disability. Dermatologists are in a privileged position to detect early PsA. The management of patients with PsA in the dermatology setting is widely variable. OBJECTIVE: To provide practical recommendations for the management of patients with PsA in the dermatology setting including early diagnosis and treatment...
December 8, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218691/reliability-and-validity-assessment-of-administrative-databases-in-measuring-the-quality-of-rectal-cancer-management
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Carlo Corbellini, Bruno Andreoni, Luca Ansaloni, Giovanni Sgroi, Mario Martinotti, Ildo Scandroglio, Pierluigi Carzaniga, Mauro Longoni, Diego Foschi, Paolo Dionigi, Eugenio Morandi, Mauro Agnello
PURPOSE: Measurement and monitoring of the quality of care using a core set of quality measures are increasing in health service research. Although administrative databases include limited clinical data, they offer an attractive source for quality measurement. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to evaluate the completeness of different administrative data sources compared to a clinical survey in evaluating rectal cancer cases. METHODS: Between May 2012 and November 2014, a clinical survey was done on 498 Lombardy patients who had rectal cancer and underwent surgical resection...
December 5, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217277/absence-of-hybridization-with-the-wild-type-and-mutant-rpob-probes-in-the-genotype-mtbdrplus-assay-detects-disputed-rifampicin-mutations
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Ngu Njei Abanda, Josiane Yvonne Djieugoué, Vedbar S Khadka, Eric Walter Pefura-Yone, Wilfred Fon Mbacham, Guy Vernet, Veronique Mbeng Penlap, Youping Deng, Sara Irene Eyangoh, Diane Wallace Taylor, Rose Gana Fomban Leke
OBJECTIVE: Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates that fail to hybridize to at least one rpoB wildtype or any mutation probe on the Genotype MTBDRplus strip are assumed Rifampicin-resistant. However, the precise mutation(s) are unknown. We sought to identify the mutations in isolates with such hybridization patterns and determine if the mutations are associated with resistance to Rifampicin. METHODS: In this study, 275 M. tuberculosis isolates were screened with the Genotype MTBDRplus assay to identify isolates with the hybridization pattern...
December 4, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216523/use-of-synthetic-stimulants-and-hallucinogens-in-a-cohort-of-electronic-dance-music-festival-attendees
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Amanda L A Mohr, Melissa Friscia, Jillian K Yeakel, Barry K Logan
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS), often characterized as unregulated psychoactive compounds designed to circumvent existing legislation, have become mainstream on the illicit drug market. Because of their physical and mind-altering properties, NPS may be deliberately or inadvertently ingested at electronic dance music (EDM) festivals to enhance the attendees' appreciation of the music and overall experience. Their widespread use at EDM festivals have been well documented and several adverse events and fatalities associated with NPS ingestion have been reported in the United States...
November 21, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216277/immune-mediated-inflammatory-diseases-differently-affect-igras-accuracy-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-diagnosis-in-clinical-practice
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Irene Latorre, Sonia Mínguez, José-Manuel Carrascosa, Juan Naves, Raquel Villar-Hernández, Beatriz Muriel, Cristina Prat, Esther García-García, Irma Casas, Eugeni Domènech, Carlos Ferrándiz, Lourdes Mateo, Jose Domínguez
BACKGROUND: Clinical accuracy of IGRAs remains unclear on patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). Here, we assess the impact of immunosuppressants and IMIDs on QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFN-G-IT) and T-SPOT.TB accuracy. METHODS: Patients with IMIDs who required latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) screening were enrolled and classified into: (i) 50 patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases, (ii) 50 patients with psoriasis and (iii) 30 patients with Crohn's disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216252/global-computational-mutagenesis-provides-a-critical-stability-framework-in-protein-structures
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Caitlyn L McCafferty, Yuri V Sergeev
A protein's amino acid sequence dictates the folds and final structure the macromolecule will form. We propose that by identifying critical residues in a protein's atomic structure, we can select a critical stability framework within the protein structure essential to proper protein folding. We use global computational mutagenesis based on the unfolding mutation screen to test the effect of every possible missense mutation on the protein structure to identify the residues that cannot tolerate a substitution without causing protein misfolding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215634/expansion-of-patient-derived-circulating-tumor-cells-from-liquid-biopsies-using-a-ctc-microfluidic-culture-device
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Bee Luan Khoo, Gianluca Grenci, Ying Bena Lim, Soo Chin Lee, Jongyoon Han, Chwee Teck Lim
The development of personalized cancer therapy depends on a robust system to monitor the patient's individual response to anticancer treatment. Anticancer drug efficacy has been tested on circulating tumor cells (CTCs) derived from patient blood samples after ex vivo expansion into CTC clusters. Current attempts to culture these primary cancer cells focus on long-term maintenance under growth factor supplements into cell lines, which usually takes >6 months and results in a CTC expansion efficiency of <20%...
January 2018: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214986/antibiotic-resistance-in-enterobacter-cloacae-strains-with-derepressed-partly-derepressed-inducible-ampc-and-extendedspectrum-beta-lactamases-in-zenica-doboj-canton-bosnia-and-herzegovina
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Selma Uzunović, Amir Ibrahimagić, Branka Bedenić
Aim To investigate the prevalence of derepressed/partly derepressed/inducible and ESBL/AmpC-producing Enterobacter cloacae isolates and treatment options for infections associated with those isolates. Methods Antibiotic susceptibility was determined by disc diffusion and broth microdilution according to CLSI guidelines. Doubledisk synergy test (DDST) was performed in order to screen for ESBLs and combined disk test with phenylboronic acid to detect AmpC β -lactamases. PCR was used to detect blaESBL/blacarb genes...
February 1, 2018: Medicinski Glasnik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214585/microphysiological-systems-tissue-chips-and-their-utility-for-rare-disease-research
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Lucie A Low, Danilo A Tagle
The scientific and technological development of microphysiological systems (MPS) modeling organs-on-chips, or "tissue chips" (TCs), has progressed rapidly over the past decade. Stem cell research and microfluidic concepts have combined to lead to the development of microphysiological platforms representing an ever-expanding list of different human organ systems. In the context of rare diseases, these bioengineered microfluidics platforms hold promise for modeling of disorders and could prove useful in the screening and efficacy testing of existing therapeutics...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211037/in-silico-identification-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-natural-inhibitors-of-leishmania-major-pteridine-reductase-i
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Fabian C Herrmann, Nirina Sivakumar, Joachim Jose, Maria P Costi, Cecilia Pozzi, Thomas J Schmidt
In a continuation of our computational efforts to find new natural inhibitors of a variety of target enzymes from parasites causing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), we now report on 15 natural products (NPs) that we have identified as inhibitors of Leishmania major pteridine reductase I (LmPTR1) through a combination of in silico and in vitro investigations. Pteridine reductase (PTR1) is an enzyme of the trypanosomatid parasites' peculiar folate metabolism, and has previously been validated as a drug target...
December 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210342/antibiotics-potentiating-potential-of-catharanthine-against-superbug-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Gaurav Raj Dwivedi, Rekha Tyagi, Sanchita Gupta, Shubhandra Tripathi, Sanghamitra Pati, Santosh K Srivastava, Mahendra P Darokar, Ashok Sharma
Multidrug resistance (MDR) put an alarming situation like preantibiotic era which compels us to invigorate the basic science of anti-infective chemotherapy. Hence the drug resistant genes/proteins were explored as promising drug targets. Keeping this thing in mind, proteome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA01 was explored, which resulted in the identification of tripartite protein complexes (MexA, MexB and OprM) as promising drug target for the screening of natural and synthetic inhibitors. The purpose of present investigation was to explore the drug resistance reversal potential mechanism of catharanthine isolated from the leaves of Catharanthus roseous...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208749/development-of-anti-virulence-approaches-for-candidiasis-via-a-novel-series-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-candida-albicans-filamentation
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Jesus A Romo, Christopher G Pierce, Ashok K Chaturvedi, Anna L Lazzell, Stanton F McHardy, Stephen P Saville, Jose L Lopez-Ribot
Candida albicans remains the main etiologic agent of candidiasis, the most common fungal infection and now the third most frequent infection in U.S. hospitals. The scarcity of antifungal agents and their limited efficacy contribute to the unacceptably high morbidity and mortality rates associated with these infections. The yeast-to-hypha transition represents the main virulence factor associated with the pathogenesis of C. albicans infections. In addition, filamentation is pivotal for robust biofilm development, which represents another major virulence factor for candidiasis and further complicates treatment...
December 5, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208554/intracutaneous-delivery-of-gelatins-induces-lipolysis-and-suppresses-lipogenesis-of-adipocytes
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Sung-Min An, Keum-Yong Seong, Sang-Gu Yim, Young Jun Hwang, Seong Hwan Bae, Seung Yun Yang, Beum-Soo An
Due to growing interest in cosmetics and medical applications, therapeutic medications that reduce the amount of local subcutaneous adipose tissue have potential for obesity treatment. However, conventional methods such as surgical operation are restricted due to risk of complications. Here, we report a simple and effective method for local reduction of subcutaneous adipose tissue (AT) by using microneedle-assisted transdermal delivery of natural polymers. After in vitro screening tests, gelatin was selected as a therapeutic polymer to reduce accumulation of AT...
December 2, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206750/ceftazidime-avibactam-antimicrobial-activity-and-spectrum-when-tested-against-gram-negative-organisms-from-pediatric-patients-results-from-the-inform-surveillance-program-united-states-2011-2015
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Helio S Sader, Michael D Huband, Leonard R Duncan, Robert K Flamm
BACKGROUND: Ceftazidime-avibactam was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2015 to treat complicated intra-abdominal and urinary tract infections in adults, and is under clinical development for treating pediatric patients. METHODS: Among 53,381 gram-negative organisms (1 per patient) collected in 2011-2015, 8,461 (15.9%) were from pediatric (≤17 years-old [yo]) patients. The isolates were collected from 82 US medical centers and susceptibility tested against ceftazidime-avibactam (avibactam at fixed 4 µg/mL) and comparators by reference broth microdilution methods...
December 4, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205920/multiorgan-microphysiological-systems-for-drug-development-strategies-advances-and-challenges
#18
REVIEW
Ying I Wang, Carlos Carmona, James J Hickman, Michael L Shuler
Traditional cell culture and animal models utilized for preclinical drug screening have led to high attrition rates of drug candidates in clinical trials due to their low predictive power for human response. Alternative models using human cells to build in vitro biomimetics of the human body with physiologically relevant organ-organ interactions hold great potential to act as "human surrogates" and provide more accurate prediction of drug effects in humans. This review is a comprehensive investigation into the development of tissue-engineered human cell-based microscale multiorgan models, or multiorgan microphysiological systems for drug testing...
December 4, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205478/preclinical-models-for-orthopedic-research-and-bone-tissue-engineering
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REVIEW
Aaron Schindeler, Rebecca J Mills, Justin D Bobyn, David G Little
In this review we broadly define and discuss the preclinical rodent models that are used for orthopedics and bone tissue engineering. These range from implantation models typically used for biocompatibility testing and high-throughput drug screening, through to fracture and critical defect models used to model bone healing and severe orthopedic injuries. As well as highlighting the key methods papers describing these techniques, we provide additional commentary based on our substantive practical experience with animal surgery and in vivo experimental design...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204424/3-d-bioprinting-of-neural-tissue-for-applications-in-cell-therapy-and-drug-screening
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REVIEW
Michaela Thomas, Stephanie M Willerth
Neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of individuals in North America and cost the health-care industry billions of dollars for treatment. Current treatment options for degenerative diseases focus on physical rehabilitation or drug therapies, which temporarily mask the effects of cell damage, but quickly lose their efficacy. Cell therapies for the central nervous system remain an untapped market due to the complexity involved in growing neural tissues, controlling their differentiation, and protecting them from the hostile environment they meet upon implantation...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
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